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Chicken Sausage & Swiss Chard Soup

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This Chicken Sausage & Swiss Chard Soup is just what winter ordered. A cozy, hearty, and satisfying bowl of comfort accented with the flavors of Italian chicken sausage and parmesan cheese. Your family will love this one!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian sweet chicken sausage (you can also use pork – we prefer the leaner flavor of chicken)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1 (3-inch) parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 (15-oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stemmed and chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and the olive oil.
  2. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks, until it is rendered and golden brown in spots.
  3. Remove the sausage from the pot with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. To the drippings in the pan, add the onion, carrot, celery, and a pinch of salt and cook until softened, about 8 minutes.
  5. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute.
    Stir in the thyme, bay leaves, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese rind. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Return the sausage to the pot, along with the cannellini beans, canned tomatoes, and Swiss chard and cook for another 10 minutes or until the greens are wilted.
  7. Squeeze in the lemon juice and season the soup, to taste, with salt and pepper. Discard the parmesan cheese rind and bay leaves before serving.
  8. Serve with additional parmesan cheese grated over top.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: soups

Keywords: chicken sausage and swiss chard soup, chicken sausage and green soup, quick and easy chicken sausage soup